I'm looking only at Marantz for my next CDP and obviously want to purchase this with SACD compatibility. As a dedicated CDP, is the new SA-8001 up to the same standard as the Reference Series SA-15S1? The SA-15S1 is still a few hundred dollars more and I am wondering if it still supersedes the newer SA-8001 with quality inclusions?
My other option would be to purchase a DV-9600, which would give me the option of DVD-A as well, plus multichannel SACD. Is the DV-9600 musically as good as either of the other 2 units listed above? I know the picture quality on the DV-9600 is astounding, that aside I am looking at quality of the audio and if it was, this would probably be the best option.
I can purchase a SA-15S1 for about $1450 AUD ($1330 USD), the SA-8001 for approximately $1150 AUD ($1055 USD) or the DV-9600 for $1382 AUD ($1270 USD) all BNIB. Any hints and tips would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.